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Magical Christmas Events in Australia to Visit in 2021

Christmas decorations at the Royal Arcade Melbourne, Australia
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Temperatures may be soaring but Australia is already starting to look a lot like Christmas. To help you plan for a magical day out, we’re putting the spotlight on some of Australia’s best Christmas events in 2021. We’ve also categorised them by state, so you and your family can ho-ho-hop to the best Christmas lights near you this year. Scroll down to discover Christmas events in:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Disclaimer: We try our best to be accurate but some venues may have temporary restrictions or closures due to Covid-19. Enquire directly or check the venue's website and social media before visiting.

New South Wales

Martin Place Christmas Tree and festive decorations in Sydney
Photo: Benjamin Sow/ Unsplash

1. Martin Place Christmas Tree

  • Where: Sydney CBD
  • When: 27 Nov 2021 - 1 Jan 2022

Adorned with over 110,000 Christmas lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 glossy baubles, NSW’s tallest Christmas tree will once again be standing tall at Martin Place. This year’s tree will be dressed with 15,000 flowers in 9 varieties, each celebrating a unique species of Australian flower. A light show plays every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight daily.

Darling Harbour Christmas lights in NSW 2021
Photo: Darling Harbour

2. Darling Harbour Christmas Decorations

  • Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • When: 12 Nov - 26 Dec 2021

Visit Darling Harbour in the evenings for one of the best Christmas light displays in Sydney. Snap a family Christmas selfie at the kaleidoscopic Giant Bauble located outside ICC Sydney, then head over to the inaugural display of Sky Castle by ENESS, an interactive art sculpture that glows in a myriad of rainbow hues. Find out more here.

“Staying on Darling Harbour was a lot of fun because there was so much to do within walking distance. Shops and plenty of restaurants of all kinds and being there at Christmas time made it even prettier!” - Tripadvisor review by decar48
Princess Castle Christmas lights installation at the Hunter Valley Gardens
Photo: TRevolon/ Tripadvisor

3. Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

  • Where: 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin
  • When: 5 November 2021 – 26 January 2022

Hunter Valley Gardens will be getting extra sparkly this Christmas. Explore dozens of magical light installations including the popular Lovers’ Tunnel, Giant Castle and Giant Teddy. Find out more here.

“What a fabulous display of Christmas lights. Well worth the trip for young and old and worth the $30 entry fee” - Tripadvisor review by Spoutie
Christmas lights at the Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney
Photo: The Grounds

4. Christmas at the Grounds of Alexandria

  • Where: 2 Huntley St Building 7A, Sydney
  • When: 4 Nov 2021 - 30 Jan 2022

The Grounds of Alexandria is celebrating a tale as old as time this Christmas. For the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the Grounds has recreated iconic scenes from the classic film — complete with glittering chandeliers, romantic rose gardens and enchanted bookshelves. They’ve also put together a whimsical set-up for Santa photos, which can be booked here.

“It's Christmas time at the Grounds and their resident stylist has excelled herself again... For young children to the elderly and everyone in between, there is something magical about this place.” - Tripadvisor review by C0nstantlyOnTheG0

Queensland

A tunnel of fairylights
Photo: Cleigh76/Tripadvisor

1. South Bank Christmas

  • Where: South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
  • When: 18 - 23 Dec 2021

#MerryBrismas! The South Bank Parklands is coming to life this December with an array of family-friendly Christmas events. Don't miss the South Bank Christmas Show that's taking place nightly at 6.30pm and 8pm for non-stop singing, dancing, circus performances and Santa appearances. There will also be a riverside cinema, kids craft and storytelling sessions as well as pop-up live music stages. Download the South Bank Christmas schedule here.

“It's such a beautiful time of the year to visit Southbank with all the lighting and food. Enjoyed the colourful decorations and people singing Christmas songs.” - Tripadvisor review by _dhillon0966
Colourful Christmas lights at Roma Street Parkland
Photo: LivO O/Tripadvisor

2. The Enchanted Garden

  • Where: Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane
  • When: 1 - 23 Dec 2021

Brisbane’s largest interactive light trail is back at the Travellers’ Choice 2021 award-winning Roma Street Parkland — and it’s bigger and better than ever. Visit to immerse in an 8,000sqm audiovisual extravaganza including 3D-printed birds, holograms, LED fields and more.

“Wow, Brisbane City, you got it right. What a display of colour and imagination… The night was perfect and we were in awe with the transformation of the Parkland from day to fantasy night. This is hands down the best Christmas display of lights without the traditional reindeer and Santa.” - Tripadvisor review by Wander795160
Koala mascots celebrating Christmas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, NSW
Photo: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

3. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Where: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
  • When: Nov - Dec

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is ringing in the holiday season with a fun ‘Blinky Bill’s Christmas Wishes’ song-and-dance show. The Sanctuary’s retail shop is also the perfect place to pick up a gift with a conscience. Each purchase will help support the work at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. See showtimes and more here.

“Let me start with the gift shops: I have yet to find a wider and more interesting selection of Australia-themed merchandise. I always do my Christmas shopping for my overseas family and friends here, and also visit to stock up on gifts before I leave on my international travel writing trips.” - Tripadvisor review by mike g

South Australia

Kids ice-skating
Photo: Santa's Wonderland

1. Santa's Wonderland

  • Where: Jubilee Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
  • When: 3 - 24 Dec 2021

Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event, Santa’s Wonderland, will be packed with family-friendly festive fun this December. Each ticket entitles you to 3 hours of unlimited fair rides, ice skating, tobogganing, inflatables jumping, festival stage shows and more.

Christmas window displays at Rundle Mall Adelaide
Photo: Alice R/Tripadvisor

2. Rundle Mall Christmas Windows

  • Where: Rundle Mall, Adelaide
  • When: 5 Nov 2021 - 6 Jan 2022

Go window-shopping, Christmas-style. South Australia’s biggest retail destination has unveiled eight Christmas window displays, each telling an enchanting story of Christmas. New displays to look out for this year include a homage to the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant’s iconic rocking horses Nipper and Nimble, as well as a magical flower-filled Christmas in Bloom window designed by local florists Bloom Bar.


Victoria

Christmas light projections in Melbourne CBD
Photo: Chris Phutully/Wikimedia Commons

1. Melbourne Christmas Projections

  • Where: Melbourne CBD
  • When: 15 Nov - 25 Dec 2021

Melbourne’s CBD is decked out this Christmas. Stroll around Flinders Street Railway Station, Federation Square and Swanston Street to take in some of the best Christmas lights in town. The city’s famous Christmas projections will also be returning to the facades of the Melbourne Town Hall, Chapter House Lane and Hamer Hall.

Mother and daughter admiring the Myer Christmas Windows
Photo: gossyboy/Tripadvisor

2. Myer Christmas Windows

  • Where: Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • Date: 14 Nov - 24 Dec 2021

Every Christmas, Myer decorates their department store windows with mesmerising festive setpieces. This year, their windows are bringing to life Beatrix Potter’s classic story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, with 3000 hand-cut leaves, vegetables and flowers as well as over 100 individually animated animal movements.

“When our kids were little we would take them every year into Bourke Street and look at the Myer Christmas Windows. Now that we're grandparents we continue the tradition with our grandchildren. Every year is special and has a different theme.” - Tripadvisor review by sm05060
Christmas Night Market in Melbourne Victoria
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3. String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market

Queen Victoria Market will be hosting a special Christmas market on Monday nights in December. Wander through the open-air String Bean Alley and pick up a variety of locally-made festive trinkets while indulging in some of the city’s best street food. You can also look forward to Christmas carols, fake snow and a visit from Santa himself.


Western Australia

Rickshaw rides through a tunnel of Christmas lights in Perth, WA
Photo: Peddle Perth/Tripadvisor

1. Perth City Lights Trail

  • Where: Perth CBD, Northbridge, East End and West End
  • When: 19 Nov 2021 - 2 Jan 2022

Hit the Christmas Lights Trail in Perth and explore dozens of magical displays comprising half a million Christmas lights. For an extra special experience, join Travelers Choice 2021 award-winning operator Peddle Perth on a Christmas Lights Rickshaw Tour. Hop onto a private rickshaw chariot, request your favourite Christmas tunes and zip around the city in comfort.

“We hired 6 rickshaws and cruised through the city and Northbridge to see the Xmas lights — it's the only way to go! People we passed looked jealous. We had so much fun with tunes cranking and the summer breeze through our hair. We were a group of mums with our young kids and our guides were so friendly and so much fun. Special mention to our guide Vaughan, thank you for peddling and being patient while our group took photos!” - Tripadvisor review by Effira H
Boats cruising past houses decked in colourful Christmas decorations
Photo credit: Mandurah Cruises

2. Christmas Lights Cruise

  • Where: Mandurah
  • When: 1 Dec 2021 - 8 Jan 2022

Travellers’ Choice 2021 awardee Mandurah Cruises is hosting its highly-rated Christmas Lights cruise again this December. Belt out Christmas carols and join in the holiday cheer as you cruise past Mandurah’s luxury canal homes. Every year, these homes are decorated with millions of twinkling Christmas lights. The cruise promises you the best vantage point to admire WA’s most extravagant festive displays.

“Absolutely amazing, we all loved it. It was our Christmas present to our son and his family. There were three generations: we are in our 70's, our son and wife 40's and grandchildren 16, 13, 10 and 10. Everyone had an amazing experience and said it was the best present. It is something we will all remember and treasure.” - Tripadvisor review by Gayle Y

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